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SEATON: Jonathan’s big ride
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
A man from Seaton, in Devon, is taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK. Jonathan Read-Bone, 49, is taking part in the 100 mile cycle after his mother, Dawn, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 10 years ago. Jonathan has been inspired to raise money for Diabetes UK to fund more research into better ways to care for people with diabetes and into the cause of Types 1 diabetes. No one knows exactly what causes Type 1 diabetes, but it’s not to do with being overweight and it isn’t currently preventable. Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses – taken either by injections or via an insulin pump. It can affect people of any age, though it is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Jonathan, a programme manager for IBM, said: “Since my mother’s diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes, I have seen the impact of this condition on her life at first hand. As I know that this could raise my own risk of developing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, I decided to improve my own health as much as possible. I took up cycling again in March last year after a 30 year hiatus, after being inspired by the London Olympics in 2012. “Last year, I joined the Axe Valley Pedallers cycle club, initially as a way to meet new friends and to get fitter. Up until then, my longest ride ever had been a very tiring ten miles and on that very first night of joining the club they helped me double this distance. “By cycling the RideLondon-Surrey 100, I'm hoping I can make that all important difference in aid of Diabetes research and treatment. Maybe the small sum I can raise will be the few extra pounds that secures a breakthrough for my mum and my many other friends and family who are affected by diabetes.” The 100 mile road race will see cyclists set off from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and cross the finishing line at The Mall in central London. The route takes participants through Surrey and up the notoriously steep Box Hill, as well as past iconic London landmarks such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. To sponsor Jonathan visit justgiving.com/Jonathan-Read-Bone/ or by texting “JJRB64 £(amount)” to 70070. To find out more information about signing up to a fundraising event for Diabetes UK visit www.diabetes .org.uk/Get_involved/Fundraising-events or call the Events Fundraising team on 0345 123 2399.
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